Binnaga /Pole Caught/

Albacore is fished around the whole world, but it is rare in the Japanese fisheries. Although rare in Japan, it is not expensive, for the flesh isn’t favorable for sushi. Albacore had a bad reputation among sushi chefs for its soft flesh, but that will change soon.

Up to one meter long, and roughly 15kg at its largest stage they are considered a very small tuna. The pectoral fins, named “bin” in Japanese fishing terminology are uniquely long, and therefore named the binnaga maguro.

This is canned product is pole caught and said to be very good. I didn’t try yet as I am not used to eating canned tuna as the quality is often poor, and mercury content is too high.